Augmented reality, not new but reaching its time!

Picture the super cool Iron Man viewfinder where he can see data or draw lines on the top of the image of the landscape as the background. That is the most massive concept of Augmented Reality (AR) I can think about. Imagine instead of the Iron Man suit, you take your ipad and use it as a portable window which allows you to see things imposible to find with the naked eye. Go further! Make you iPad smaller and use it ...

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Remember the basics and keep learning

It has been a long time since the last post. Many many things have happened during this year, but those experiences have only made Twiiga stronger from the inside and ready to start all over again sharing all those changes, analysis and new thoughts.This first new post will be very different to the previous ones, because it is about forgetting all the business strategy for a moment and take a look into the technology core, but questioning how much do ...

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Strategy terms you should know, but you are embarrassed to ask

Sometimes strategy looks more like a diffuse ideal than like a clear and concrete plan because the complexity of expressing such a broad idea. To be able to both explain and understand any given strategy there are some terms that should be clearly defined to ensure that everybody is talking about the same thing. I found a very useful explanation in a book called “Exploring Corporate Strategy” by Johnson, Scholes and Whittington, which I will use as a basis for ...

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Tech Trends 2011 (2nd part)

This is the second part of the post "Tech Trends 2011" where I wrote about the second set of five trends I have summarised from my holidays thoughts. Again, if you have questions about the terminology of customers (techies, visionaries, pragmatists, conservatives and sceptics), you can find a more detailed definition in the post called “Technology Adoption Life Cycle: Popularity in different markets”. I hope you enjoy it! Customisation We all have different needs and wants and, especially in the consumer technology, customisation becomes crucial to ...

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Tech Trends 2011

During my holidays these last weeks, I thought a lot about where the consumer technology is and where is it going. How will the next big thing look like? I summarised these thoughts in 10 trends that I think the tech industry is following. Some of them have been around for a while but they will continue being core part of what we will see in the future. Many of them (if not all) are inter-connected and find synergies with ...

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Technology Adoption Life Cycle: Popularity in different markets

It is far from being a secret that the technology industry is one of the fastest businesses out there. Paradigms, expectations and needs change as fast as the different companies innovate and offer tons of futuristic products that allow us to experiment things that we have never imagined before and we did not know that we needed so badly until we got them. It is not always easy to keep the other areas of our life (law, culture, customs, etc) ...

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Google+ Quick Overview

I am truly curious. Yesterday I noticed the new black bar on the top or the search engine, but there was no much information about it, until news about Google+ started running around. To use the site, you will find it on that black bar, clicking on the "+You" link. As Google has done before, for now the access is only through invitations and it is not clear how long will it take to be open for all the public. It looks like ...

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Palm and RIM: Lessons to never forget

About seven weeks ago, when RIM's stock was $53.83 (28/04/11), they announced their reduced revenues objectives for the quarter resulting in a 14% drop in their stock price from one day to the other. Last Thursday the news announced that RIM did not hit those reduced targets of revenues dropping their stock price again 21% (from $34.78 on 16/06/11 to $27.24 on 17/06/11). The cumulative lost only from April to today is more than 49%! I have been thinking about this the ...

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Google's AdSense and AdWords smart Business Model

We all know Google's search engine, those who do know more about the industry know that Google really makes most of its revenue from advertisement, but I am not sure if many people are aware of how big that business is for them. People feels more directly in touch by other products like Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Chrome or Android, all of them free services. All those products plus some other represent only 4% of the revenues of Google, while the ...

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Microsoft Overview FY09-10: External Factors and Future

This is the third part of the overview of Microsoft for fiscal year 2009-2010 based in the content of the annual report for the period between 1 of July 2009 and 30 of June 2010. This annual report was published on 30 of July 2010. The review is divided in three posts: Profile and Results, Financial Performance and External Factors and Future (this one). .. . General influencers in Microsoft's performance Generally the highest quarterly revenue happens on the second quarter because of the corporate calendar ...

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Microsoft Overview FY09-10: Financial Performance

This is the second part of the overview of Microsoft for fiscal year 2009-2010 based in the content of the annual report for the period between 1 of July 2009 and 30 of June 2010. This annual report was published on 30 of July 2010. The whole review is divided in three posts: Profile and Results, Financial Performance (this one) and External Factors and Future.   For this second part, I calculated the ratios using Microsoft 2010 numbers. You can read more about those ...

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Financial Performance: Ratios

The Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statements numbers are important to see the size of the business in which a comapny is making money, but absolute numbers are not really useful to compare different companies' performance among eachother. Instead of that, the ratios are used to analyse and compare performance because they show the relation of the numbers between each other. There are as many possible ratios as combination of financial numbers can be, but I have chosen 15 of them to use ...

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Microsoft Overview FY09-10: Profile and Results

This is an overview of Microsoft for fiscal year 2009-2010 based in the content of the annual report for the period between 1 of July 2009 and 30 of June 2010. This annual report was published on 30 of July 2010. This review will be divided in three posts: Profile and Results, Financial Performance and External Factors and Future.   Company Profile . General Based: Redmond, Seattle, US Founded: 1975 Offices: in more than 100 countries Employees: 89,000 on a full time role (54,000 in the US and 35,000 ...

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Mobile industry's new rules of the game

In the post "Mobiles’ Market changes: Who wins and who loses?", I wrote about the way the players in the mobile market are connected and how that has changed through time. In this post I want to go a bit deeper into those players to review how they have changed. In the previous post, I grouped the players of the mobile market in four groups: Carriers (or operators) OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer or Hardware Manufacturer) Operating System (or OS suppliers) Application Developers (or applications offer) . The ...

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PCs and iPad: How did Apple address the competitive landscape – Part V

This is the fifth and final post about “PCs and iPad: How did Apple address the competitive landscape”. It has been a long way to make it to this post, and I really hope it has not been too much about the same topic, but I really did not want to leave the story half way because it makes sense all together. Even though this whole analysis was written for the iPad, many of the ideas here can be applicable ...

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